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To all my devoted readers (and heck, to the reluctant ones, too), I sincerely apologize for not posting pre-game predictions yesterday as usual. I was (and still am) away from home, and couldn’t get an internet connection until it was too late. I’m hoping to make it up to you with a little bonus blog today instead.

Cornell, Union hold serve at home

The home-standing Big Red and Dutchmen dispatched of visiting Quinnipiac and Colgate, respectively, with strong defensive performances Friday night.

In Ithaca, the resurgent Red held the Bobcats scoreless on seven power plays in a 2-1 squeaker, including a full two-minute five-on-three early in the second period. Junior Mike Garman stopped 36 of 37 shots, and 19 of 20 in a 1-1 first period in which the hosts were out-shot 20-5. Fittingly, the game-winning goal was not only scored by Cornell’s leading goal-getter – senior Joe Devin – but it was also earned on the power-play, where the hosts went 1/5.

Meanwhile in the Capital District, Union required only 19 saves from sophomore Keith Kinkaid en route to a 4-1 victory over Colgate. The Dutchmen scored twice on four power plays, blanked the Raiders on their only advantage, and kept visiting freshman Eric Mihalik quite occupied with 22 first-period shots and 42 by the final horn.

Road warriors St. Lawrence and Harvard on fire

After looking up at the rest of the league all season long, the Crimson and Saints suddenly seem to have the world at their feet.

Junior Alex Killorn’s power-play goal in the game’s sixth minute got Harvard out to the right start, and the Cambridge club battled out of a 1-1 first-period draw to stun third-seeded Dartmouth. Senior Ryan Carroll stopped 27 of 29 Big Green bids as the Crimson won its sixth in a row, doubling what had been its win total for the season up to that point.

Finally in New Haven, SLU pulled off the shocker of the weekend so far, downing Yale 4-3 in overtime despite allowing the Bulldogs three power-play goals in five advantages and a game-high 11 shots on net in OT. While the Saints scored first, Yale jumped out to a 3-1 lead early in the second frame and maintained the two-goal advantage early in the third period. Senior Aaron Bogosian and rookie Greg Carey scored seven minutes apart, however, forcing extra hockey with the top team in the PairWise rankings. The Canton crew fought off a George Hughes hooking minor nine minutes into the fourth period, and Carey came through again with his conference-leading 23rd goal in the game’s 77th minute.

All four series resume tonight at 7:00 as the Game 1 victors seek to punch their tickets to Atlantic City.

News and notes

‘Cats cooking in the postseason

Lost in the shuffle this week was the impressive fact that since joining the league six years ago, Quinnipiac has been the only program to win at least one playoff series each year. Add that to the Bobcats’ series wins in six of the seven preceding years in the MAAC, and you’ve got yourself a much more seasoned program than many give them credit for.

Borowiecki bolts for Sens

Clarkson junior defenseman Mark Borowiecki signed with the Ottawa Senators on Friday, forgoing his senior year in Potsdam. The 6’1″, 206-lb native of Kanata, Ont. – the suburb of Ottawa in which the Senators play – scored 12 goals and 32 points in 99 career games with the Golden Knights, including three goals this year… all on the power play.

Other signings

Among NHL deals, the Philadelphia Flyers inked the multi-talented senior Harry Zolnierczyk from Brown, and the Edmonton Oilers signed Princeton senior Taylor Fedun following each player’s first-round exits last week.

ECAC accolades

The league has continued its excellent series of ECAC Hockey’s all-time top 50 players. I’d try to summarize it, but it’s just so much better digested piece by piece, and in its entirety. I couldn’t possibly do justice to this who’s-who of historic hockey in the space I allot for a blog entry.

Award finalists announced

More links!

Coach of the year: Keith Allain, Yale; Guy Gadowsky, Princeton; Bob Gaudet, Dartmouth; Nate Leaman, Union

Best defensive forward: Aaron Bogosian, St. Lawrence; Adam Presizniuk, Union; Kelly Zajac, Union

Best defensive defenseman: Taylor Fedun, Princeton; Jimmy Martin, Yale; Brock Matheson, Union

Rookie of the year: Mat Bodie, Union; Andrew Calof, Princeton; Greg Carey, St. Lawrence

Ken Dryden (goalie of the year): Keith Kinkaid, Union; James Mello, Dartmouth; Allen York, Rensselaer

Any arguments?

  • ned

    Thank you for writing this up and thank you for caring about your readers enough to apologize. I really appreciate it.

    • UnionFan

      You know it would be nice to see your friday morning predictions. I know you didn’t do well last week but until then you seemed please with your work. Turn the clock back to friday and let us know what you were going to post.

  • Righty

    Did anyone see the mighty Yale lose to another EZAC power. That makes if 4 losses this year to teams with a losing record. Just wanted to point that out.

    • It’s a tough league! As SLU’s own Joe Marsh said a few years back: “It’s tough to end another team’s season.” Winning is hard this time of year, for everybody.

      • Righty

        Tough league compared to which? Atlantic? I know you aren’t trying to compare the ECAC to Hockey East or WCHA.

        • How about NU beating BU in Game 1? Upsets happen.

        • EliBlue

          interesting to see another North Dakota troll post on the ECAC blog without ever seeing an ECAC game or catching St Lawrence’s goalie. Shows their paranoia and the fact that they spend more time worrying about everyone else than their own team. Comes from the anger they feel about losing to Yale. I mean, anyone without a psychology degree sees that the bullies are just enraged about that and try to redirect. Hey righty, I know you won’t see a therapist because, ummm, you’re typical North Dakota, which means you have the most bottled anger (think Ralph Engelstad on a bad day) of any hockey fan. Get over the fact that you lost fair and square. Also get over the fact that you guys say you won seven titles, but last any of us looked, even your overage stoners weren’t older than third grade last time it happened. Also, get over yourself for the fact that Matt Frattin is back on the team after TWO incidents because he’s valuable. Not like you guys have any team discipline or any sort of code or honor. Hakstool is a real gem. Oh by the way, nice win last night by Yale in a physical, tough game. Not like you’d pay any attention

        • Jennaway

          hey let me smack Frattin’s nuts out of your mouth long enough for you to focus on the fact that of the top four teams in the country, two are from the ECAC.

  • Siwanoy

    No excuse can avoid the hard question….just what were your intended predictions???? (Be honest now.)

    • To you and UnionFan: Ok, ok, I’ll post what would have been my honest predictions tonight or tomorrow. I’ll try not to let the actual outcomes taint what would have been my perspectives!

  • Bartman

    Hard to ignore Daniel Carr of Union as Rookie of the Year Candidate, don’t you think??

    • ecacfan

      Clarkson Freshman Allan McPherson led the Golden Knights in scoring in ECAC play. Hard to believe he didn’t get nominated…

  • #1 Ranked

    Union gets a big loss… Yale gets a big loss….. watch the bias and next week they won’t even move on the PWR, keeping their seeding for the regional tourney too.

    And to think, they lost to UNRANKED teams!

  • Guest

    Andy Greene not Green and WMU coach Jeff Blashill (not Jackson).

    • Paula Weston

      Thought I got that one, too. Thanks.

  • Lawson Lunatic

    Ouch, calling Western’s coach Jeff Jackson. As ESPN would say, “C’MON MA’AM!!!”

    • Srthomas09

      its been fixed.

    • my brain hurts

      ARGHHHH!!!!!!! Mistakes! MIstakes everywhere, everytime!!!!!!

  • KAW

    Paula,

    Interesting that you chose to call out WMU’s students for their classlessness twice on your blog, and yet when your golden boy Hunwick throws a temper tantrum (you forgot to mention that he came out of the crease to pick a fight) you praise him for his “animation and passion.”

    • Paula Weston

      I also praised them for their passion, their enthusiasm, their creativity, their energy. They were great most of the time. They’re smart and creative enough not to be vulgar or to boo the opposing band (which is classless, imo, no matter who does it). On the whole, I loved them.

      • KAW

        That’s fair.

        I also agree that it wasn’t the classiest of the Big Ten to make their announcement in a way that was deliberately designed to draw attention away from the CCHA and WCHA, which saw exactly zero big ten teams in their championships, and only one that made it to the NCAA tourney.

        • Paula Weston

          My comment was tongue-in-cheek; I wasn’t implying that the Big Ten deliberately scheduled their announcement to detract from Miami. Instead, I see their timing as unfortunate and perhaps an indication of the Big Ten’s lack of awareness about the college hockey community. I’m not sure they “get” college hockey yet. I mean, would they make such an announcement regarding basketball the Monday after the Sweet 16 was determined?

          That having been said, I’m pretty certain that they’re announcing now in an attempt to allay the fears of the college hockey community, even if their timing is off. There’s a lot of uneasiness about this and I think the BT is aware of this. Announcing this week prevents even more panicky speculation at the hockey regionals.

          I just think Monday was a poor choice of days.

          • HockeyFan

            whats one good decision the Big10 has made in the last 10 years? Leaders and Legends?

  • David

    There is a reason that Shawn Hunwick was a walk-on. Michigan will get bounced by UNO in the first round.

  • Kuhn&Friends

    Dear Paula, I hate to beat a dead horse, but you called out Broncos captain Ian Slater for using adversity. I would like you to watch the following video, I think he recognizes adversity. This is a great story about a great bunch of guys, Fight on Broncos, Fight on Gideon!

  • Kuhn&Friends

    Dear Paula, I hate to beat a dead horse, but you called out Broncos captain Ian Slater for using adversity. I would like you to watch the following video, I think he recognizes adversity. This is a great story about a great bunch of guys, Fight on Broncos, Fight on Gideon!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rSGyAs-BpCI&feature=player_embedded#at=429

  • Bklein09

    Hey David, hunwick has been one of the best goalies in the CCHA this year. He led us to the regular season title. Hes probably better than the goalie of whatever team you root for. So suck it.

    Anyone can get bounced in the first round. But a huge part of the reason Michigan is even in the tournament and a 2 seed, is because of hunwick. Pound for pound he may be the beat goalie in the nation. Reminds me of jeff lerg. If only he was 3 inches taller he would be unstoppable.

  • WMUevartian

    I was thinking the same thing when I was watching the video K and H

  • Lordoftherink9

    Well written article, aside from the typos. I appreciate you naming a few Miami Alum, who set the stage for bigger and better things that have happened to “The Brotherhood” in that last five years.

    Having played with some of the guys you mentioned, I know that every Hockey Alum is very proud of what has been accomplished in Oxford.

    Congrats to the 4 CCHA teams who made the big dance. We as College Hockey fans, and supporters of the CCHA, should all be cheering for the teams representing the CCHA to make a statement in this tournament to regain the title of best conference in the nation.

  • Anonymous

    I know the Gophers stink on Friday nights… But there’s no way they don’t sweep this series.

    • Anonymous

      No way? As the article points out, they haven’t won against the Mavericks at Mariuchi in 3 years. Split, Friday to the Mavs.

      • Anonymous

        Ha.. When did you start having this dream Icelund? The article also points out that the Mavericks stink and that the Gophers are doing pretty good so far.

        • Guest

          Define “stink”. At least minn. fans know what stink means the last few years.

        • Fan Man

          Goldy, it appears as tho your other partner in crime stopped commenting with you as soon as the goofers started going down hill.  Now, what kind of fan is that?  Smart, Cowardly or just …….

  • Just A Thought

    Is the “annual Sioux second half surge” still inevitable if there are no Sioux in the second half of the year?

    • Fan Man

      It will be when they are wearing their old jerseys under neith the new Nodak ones.  It wont change a thing.  UND will always play SIOUX hockey!!!!! ;)

  • Jagroh

    Ummm, might want to rethink those UAH UNO predictions…lol

  • Anonymous

    Haha! I’m on here every week supporting my team so i’m not sure what you mean about partner in crime.. And down hill? We are in first in WCHA and 5th in the nation..The Gophers have a record of 70-63-24 from 07/08 season to the 10/11 season. That is a complete disgrace for our program but a record many teams would be very content with.. Including the Mavericks. Is that what you mean by stink?

    • Fan Man

      Just saying, you lost alot of supporters when the goofs stared dropping games…  And they will not be number one agian!  Ironically they had to beat the Sioux twice to get there and we all know that wont happen again in Grand Forks so……    Funny how they get ranked #1 because of that tight played series but yet the Sioux completely drop of the radar.  How does that work?  No matter, things are starting to click and the Sioux will eventually EARN their ranking (which also doesnt matter btw) unlike some of those gypsy teams out there!

  • K-Dub

    Dissapointed in your Beaver research.  You put the Beavers second game scores with wider margins.  Go back and look at their record on night number two for the season.

    • Arlan Marttila

      K-Dub, In which case, you’d be really disappointed to know that I don’t do much research for the weekly picks, because by the end of the week, I’ve looked at enough box scores, statistics and other minutia that I start to lose the forest for the trees. The approach I’ve adopted to predicting the games is more art than science, and in my case, it is likely akin to a preschooler’s scribbles.

      Firsthand, I’ve seen Bemidji play better on the second night this season. A year ago, they demonstrated the opposite in my inaugural visit to the Sanford Center. Coming off a bye, BSU should come out flying in game one, score first, and lead for much of the game. Will they be able to hold off UW and get a win or tie? Not sure. I’d put the odds at about 45% the Badgers win the first game, 30% it is a tie, and 25% that the Beavers hold on, based mainly on the statistics that suggest Wisconsin almost never loses. If the first game puts a scare into the visitors, then I expect them to start faster in the second.

      So my problem here is not that I’m totally ignorant of the history of the teams, but rather that at times I know enough about both that I can concoct all sorts of wild scenarios in my head. Guess is piled on top of guess, and when one hunch flies wide of the mark, the whole pyramid topples over. I could instead choose a highly scientific method, and use something like the Rutter rankings to predict the favored team to win, and certainly be correct more often than I have been to date. Then I consider an outcome like BC at Quinnipiac and decide that in the end, no amount of analysis can save me from the hockey gods, and I go back to scribbling.

      Thanks for your sharing your opinion.

      • K-Dub

        Fair enough. We’re pretty proud and excited of our Lady Beavers success.  Sertich has done a heckuva job building this program and it’s nice to see them getting some much deserved recognition.  We’ll be at the Sanford this afternoon cheering for a Beaver victory.

        I enjoy your blog.  Keep up the great work.

        Go Green, Go Beavers!!!!!!